Fantasy Basketball 2014-15: Sleeper Picks 2/13/15
Fantasy Basketball Update: Sleepers and Waiver Wire Pickups for the All-Star Break
February 13, 2015
We’ve officially reached the All-Star break in the NBA, which means there will be no fantasy basketball activity until Thursday. Owners should utilize this time to improve their rosters, so with that in mind let’s check out some of the sleeper pickups trending on the waiver wire right now and see if anyone’s right for your team coming out of the break. Here’s a closer look at the stats.
Mo Williams, PG/SG, Charlotte Hornets: Even though he hasn’t played for Charlotte just yet, Williams is earning a lot of looks from fantasy owners now that he’s arrived in his new home.
The trade from Minnesota to Charlotte should be a positive one for Williams’ fantasy value, so he’s worth picking up on speculation alone. You can safely drop Brian Roberts in the vast majority of fantasy formats, as Williams will supplant any value he had.
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Jason Smith, PF/C, New York Knicks: Here’s the situation in New York: the team is very likely to shut down Carmelo Anthony after the All-Star break--there’s simply no reason to keep him active. That’s good news for Smith, who will continue to get looks as the team runs the offense through him.
Smith is a must-have player at his level; he’s coming off a 25-point, seven-rebound game that could become more frequent as the year rolls along.
Gerald Henderson, SG/SF, Charlotte Hornets: Let’s head back to Charlotte for a moment and check out Henderson, who has been on quite a run recently. He’s coming off a nice 17-point, four-rebound, five-assist outing against Detroit, which gave him five straight double-digit scoring outings.
Henderson has been a beneficiary of the Kemba Walker injury, and though Mo Williams will kill his value somewhat, he’s still worth owning in most leagues as Williams gets acclimated.
Evan Turner, PG/SG/SF, Boston Celtics: Turner played the hero against Atlanta in the Celtics’ last outing before the break, notching the game-winner on top of 12 points, seven rebounds and nine assists.
Turner has been giving some pretty good stats in each category recently, posting at least six rebounds, points and assists in each of his last four outings. If you need a jack-of-all-trades, he’s your guy.
Jordan Clarkson, PG, Los Angeles Lakers: Every time Clarkson is in the starting lineup for the Lakers, he should be in your fantasy lineup as well. He managed 17 points, six rebounds and four assists in Portland this week, giving him three double-digit scoring games in his last four.
Clarkson shouldn’t be on any waiver wires these days. If he’s still out there in your league, make sure to snatch him up before things get rolling again.
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